Vail Public Library is the proud recipient of an NEA Big Read grant of $9,150 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Eagle County. An arts endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens how the community understands the world, different communities and fellow humans through the joy of sharing a good book. Vail Public Library is one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program between October 2020 and June 2021. The NEA Big Read in Eagle County will focus on “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren. Activities will take place as part of the county’s One Book One Valley (OBOV) community reading initiative celebrating its 10th year in 2021.
The Town of Vail is partnering with Bewegen Technologies to launch Bewegen Vail, an electric bike share pilot program this summer from July 1 through Sept. 9. The pilot program is geared to local Vail residents to offer an alternative to driving their vehicles or taking the bus to commute to work or social engagements and while running errands. It is a great way to get fresh air and exercise while practicing social distance.
Environmental sustainability efforts have been identified as Vail’s highest priorities for action according to respondents who took part in the Town of Vail community survey which was circulated during the spring. The survey findings were presented to the Town Council on June 16 by the research firm RRC Associates which also included an overview of department and service ratings as well as comments associated with the public health crisis.
Limited public access to the Vail Municipal building, Vail Public Library and other town offices and facilities will be available beginning Monday, June 1 as part of a phased plan to provide restricted in-person services to customers and guests. The transition will require members of the public and employees to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing as well as occupancy requirements when conducting business in the buildings.
In anticipation of a new public health order from Eagle County that will become effective in the coming days, the Town of Vail is preparing for the next phase of sustainable social distancing that will incrementally return a number of municipal services following a shut-down caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an update to the Town Council Tuesday, an overview of existing and upcoming services was provided by Town Manager Scott Robson.
In an effort to offer the community additional library services, Vail Public Library is offering daily curbside pickup by appointment as allowed by Eagle County public health orders. Patrons may select their materials by using the online catalog at www.vaillibrary.com and placing a hold on the items. Staff will then make contact via email or phone to arrange a time to collect the materials.
The Town of Vail has taken immediate measures to implement the Standing Public Health Order Related to Events, Bars and Restaurants issued by Eagle County Department of Health & Environment and recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community. Frequently Asked Questions page. We have adjusted our protocols to emphasize social distancing practices in our day-to-day municipal operations and have canceled public gatherings according to the standing order. We ask that you conduct business with the Town of Vail via phone and/or online services. Look for Vail Transit to return operations Monday, May 5. This information will be updated as new announcements are made.
There’s still time to take part in the Town of Vail community survey which will help the town gather critical information in its response to the COVID-19 virus, among other topics. New questions have been added to learn what the town can do to support the community during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The survey also includes questions used to evaluate municipal service levels and to identify community priorities. Residents, property owners, business owners, employees and others impacted by the town are encouraged to participate. The survey is available in two formats: online at www.vailcommunitysurvey.org/open or in a paper format that can be mailed upon request by calling 970-479-2115 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if you received a postcard invitation to take part, please use the login address and passcode on the card to help ensure the survey is statistically valid.
A message of hope and resiliency from the Vail Town Council during these unprecedented times.
The Town of Vail has added an online COVID-19 resource directory to its vailgov.com website to assist with community questions on Public Health Orders, local resources and other information. With the health, safety and well-being of the community the number-one priority of the town, information provided on www.vailgov.com/COVID-19 is intended to be a clearinghouse of resources to help community members access the latest information available. To access official updates from Eagle County Public Health & Environment, please continue to use www.ECEmergency.org. In addition, follow One Valley Voice on Facebook for timely, bilingual updates from Eagle County.
UPDATE: Mayor Chapin is almost fully recovered and would like to thank everyone for reaching out to him with your heartfelt words of encouragement and support. He asks that you join him in turning your attention toward helping our community members who are most in need. He says we face many challenges going forward, but he is confident that our community will persevere. “I have full confidence that our fellow councilors and management team at the Town of Vail will lead the way for our citizens to conquer this crisis as one united group. Now, let’s get to work!” – Mayor Dave Chapin In his interest to convey the urgent need to heed the warnings from trusted public health officials, Vail Mayor Dave Chapin has announced that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and is in isolation. Read more here.
The Town of Vail is inviting all residents, property owners, business owners and employees to take part in its biennial community survey which is taking place in two formats, web and mail-back. The survey was last conducted in 2018 and is used to evaluate municipal service levels and to identify community priorities.
Vail Public Library is closed effective Sunday, March 15 until further notice in light of the COVID-19 situation. Please consult the library website for additional details as the situation evolves - www.vaillibrary.com.
UPDATE: Here is the link to the March 10 State of the Town address featuring overviews by Vail Mayor Dave Chapin and Vail Town Manager Scott Robson as well as a tribute to Vail Trailblazer Award recipient Josef Staufer by Council Member Brian Stockmar: https://www.highfivemedia.org/show/community-meeting-2020.
Vail’s Annual Community Meeting takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Donovan Pavilion and will be headlined by a celebration recognizing longtime community advocate Josef Staufer as the recipient of the annual Trailblazer Award as well as a look back on accomplishments from 2019 and new initiatives taking place in 2020.